MU­SIC

Dig out your lace-up boots and cor­duroys, it’s Sham 69

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - NEWS -

It’s a mu­sic fes­ti­val, but what­ever the weather, you won’t need wellies for Un­der­cover Fes­ti­val be­cause it does ex­actly what it says on the tin.

The in­door two-day cel­e­bra­tion of al­ter­na­tive mu­sic in­clud­ing punk and ska comes to Dream­land in Mar­gate this week­end for the sec­ond year. Last year the event, which prides it­self on tak­ing an in­de­pen­dent and grass­roots ap­proach, moved from Brighton to the Kent coast and or­gan­is­ers are stick­ing with the venue. Packed with big names and lo­cal bands per­form­ing over two stages, it will be at Dream­land on Fri­day, April 13 and Satur­day, April 14. Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Mick Mo­ri­arty said: “When we said it was the home we were look­ing for since we started as a fes­ti­val in 2013, we meant it.

“I thought we could not beat the line-up we had for 2017, but I think we may have, our message to ev­ery­one is come along and see what all the fuss is about.” It’s been 40 years since Sham 69 have played Mar­gate. Sham 69: the Orig­i­nal Her­sham Boys with Jimmy Pursey will be head­lin­ing on the Satur­day. “I know it’s taken a long walk and we have taken a long time to lis­ten to Mick Mo­ri­arty ask­ing us to come to Un­der­cover Fes­ti­val at Mar­gate. Well, al­right, see you there in April! We are look­ing for­ward to it,” said Jimmy.

The Block­heads, Ian Dury’s out­fit, will head­line the main stage on the Fri­day and are ex­pected to play a full set of at least 75 min­utes.

The line-up for Fri­day in­cludes The Block­heads, Ed­die and the Hot Rods, Roddy Ra­di­a­tion (The Spe­cials), the Sk­a­billy Rebels, Sonic Boom Six, Sex Pis­tols Ex­pe­ri­ence, Witch­dok­tors, King Punch and the Half Wits. The Satur­day line-up in­cludes Sham 69, Pe­ter and the Test Tube Ba­bies, Kirk Bran­don Ak­ous­tic with Sam Sans­bury (cello), Big Boy Tomato, East Town Pi­rates, The War­riors, The Fanzines and Stone He­roes.

The Wyrd Sis­ters will be back at Buskers’ Cor­ner, where vis­i­tors can just turn up and have a go them­selves, and there will also be DJS over both days. Fes­ti­val-go­ers will also be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the retro rides and amuse­ments of the park.

Main pic­ture, The Block­heads. From top, Ed­die and the Hot Rods; Sit­ting­bourne band, Ska­ci­ety; Spe­cials gui­tarist Roddy Ra­di­a­tion play­ing with Toot’n’ska­men; and Sonic Boom Six

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